Okay, I have a question. It seems like I've been living on Mars or something, but what does the shoe bomber guy have to do with smoking?
The shoe bomber was caught because he was trying to light the fuse to his shoes and smell of the attempt (I think it was a match, maybe the shoe burning) caught the attention of a flight attendant. If, he were on a smoking flight, the smell would have gone unnoticed, catastrophe would have struck, and there would have been some very satisfied sharks in the north Atlantic.
I imagine that there a few airlines that allow smoking still that fly regionally in Africa and Asia.
Is this assumption of yours based on prior knowledge of the laws of the respective countries, or is it based on stereotype?
I based it on stereotype. More for Asia, as I have not traveled around Africa since the early 90s. The fervent anti-smoking during flying push originated from the US, UK, then I think relunctantly, Europe. Historically, laws like that which affect travel between two countries do not necessarily have to be followed for travel locally for either party.
In Portugal for example, in June 2001, I remember people smoking the subway stations. My favorite memory is the conductor, getting off the train at the stop, taking three quick puffs of a cigarette, and then extinguishing it against the side of the train before getting back on and closing the doors.
Keep on truckin'...